Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon (The Best Salmon Ever!)

Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon has the most amazing garlic brown sugar soy glaze.  The flavor is out of this world and it will become a new family favorite! 

We love salmon in our home and love that it is a simple and satisfying meal. Be sure to also try Cilantro Lime Butter Salmon, Sheet Pan Garlic Lime Salmon Fajitas or Butter Garlic Herb Salmon Foil Packets for more oven cooked salmon recipes!

Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

You all know by now that salmon is my absolute favorite.  I eat it all of the time because it is so good and good for you!  There are quite a few salmon recipes on here, and you could say that I am a little obsessed.  And this is coming from a former salmon hater.  But now I eat it all of the time because it is so good!  So if you think you don’t like salmon, you have GOT to try this recipe!

This recipe soared to the number one spot of my favorite salmon recipes.  Now that is saying something for how uh-mazing this recipe is.  You can’t go wrong with this glaze.  Brown sugar, garlic, soy sauce, lemon juice, and some salt and pepper come together to bring you some mind-blowing flavor.  Our family just couldn’t seem to get enough of this delicious salmon!

How to make Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay the salmon on top and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold up the sides of the aluminum foil around the salmon.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pour the glaze over the salmon. Top the salmon with aluminum foil and seal.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until salmon is cooked throughout. Take the foil off of the top and baste the salmon with the sauce in the foil. Broil for 3-5 minutes or until brown and caramelized. Garnish with lemon slices and chopped parsley if desired.

You start by preparing the salmon.  You lay your salmon out on the foil and salt and pepper it.  I like to bake mine in the oven.  This helps to seal in all of that amazing flavor as it cooks.

How long does it take to bake salmon in foil?

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Seal the salmon in the foil and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Baste the glaze on the top and broil for another 3-5 minutes.

How do you tell if salmon is cooked fully?

The meat is cooked with the fat liquifies and runs out.  Cook the salmon further only to get the degree of doneness that you desire.  When flakes separate easily but the meat is translucent, its rare but edible.

The flavor is incredible in this salmon.  Any sauce that involves brown sugar, garlic, and soy sauce, I know will become a favorite!  This meal is perfect for feeding your family an impressive meal.  And it makes a perfect holiday meal as well!

This is going to be a recipe that you make again and again!

What are the best sides that pair well with salmon?

Watch this video on how the salmon is made:

Looking for more delicious salmon recipes?! Try these!

 

Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

4.93 from 63 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 4

Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon has the most amazing garlic brown sugar soy glaze. The flavor is out of this world and it will become a new family favorite! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword the best, salmon, garlic brown sugar, brown sugar,brown sugar glazed salmon, salmon, garlic brown sugar glazed salmon

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds salmon I used Atlantic salmon
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • garnish with sliced lemons and chopped parsley if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay the salmon on top and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold up the sides of the aluminum foil around the salmon.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pour the glaze over the salmon. Top the salmon with aluminum foil and seal.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until salmon is cooked throughout. Take the foil off of the top and baste the salmon with the sauce in the foil. Broil for 3-5 minutes or until brown and caramelized. Garnish with lemon slices and chopped parsley if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 125mg42%
Sodium 1496mg62%
Potassium 1169mg33%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 47g94%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I am not usually a fish person but gave it a try. I’m glad I did! Very nice flavor. I did add a bit of fresh ginger root crushed into the mixture and let it marinate for about 45 minutes. Topped it with fine chopped spring onion when I put it 5” from the broiler. The only other suggestion I would make is to cut the fluid a bit if you are using a smaller cut of fish.

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe! I used your recipe and loved it….then i experimented, brown sugar, salt, pepper, GARLIC, as written, but then i used equal amounts of low salt soy and teriyaki insted of soy alone and substituted the juice of 1cava cava orange and BAM (to borrow a phrase) it was slammin good. I make it weekly and still love it….i may add some cayenne pepper as i read from another comment….we’ll see. Thanks again for the recipe

  3. 5 stars
    Omg, just made your salmon. Get tired of eating chicken, pork and beef and I love fish of any kind, except Sushi. Tender and flavorful !! Thank you for this recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    This is delicious! I added some of the lemon zest to the sauce and went easy on salt as my soya was traditional not low salt. Will definitely do this again as it is so flavoursome.

  5. I love salmon and my boyfriend has never really been a fish eater. Not because he doesn’t like it, but just because it’s not something he ate growing up. I’ve made tilapia for him and he loves it so I decided I wanted to try a new salmon recipe since I love salmon so much. This recipe looked really good so I decided to give it a go, and needless to say we were not disappointed. I usually put ketchup on all my food when I eat (Don’t judge me), but with this recipe it’s so good to just use any left over sauce on the rest of my food. There’s so much flavor that’s not too overwhelming. It’s delicious. Definitely making this again!

    1. I had made the Garlic butter Shrimp..I had made it before but I added more stuff to it. Like sometimes I add Pasta…sometimes I add the Shrimp and Spinash..its always great My oldest Son loves it… thanks again.

  6. A tasty marinade but two points: firstly, there’s far too much added salt when soya sauce is already very salty. Secondly, cooking fish in aluminium foil with lemon juice is not a good idea as citric acid causes aluminium to leach into the food. Instead, bake in a non-metal container and cover with foil but don’t allow it to touch the food or marinade.

  7. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. Use low salt soy and no added salt. Also have tried with real maple syrup and less brown sugar and sauce is still yummy. Favorite for salmon.

  8. FANTASTIC!! Super tasty marinade but even better, had it cold on a bed of spring green salad mix the next day. Yum!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  9. NEED HELP—It’s just me..so how much would you cut the sauce and cook time for (1) piece of the fish?? It sounds wonderful but I don’t want to ruin the taste by drowning it in sauce or over cook it.

  10. 5 stars
    I use this marinade for chicken thighs as well and it’s always delicious. Either grilled or oven roasted uncovered 350F 30-35 mins. I use a convection oven and it makes a crispy sweet and savory crust.

  11. 5 stars
    I’m a huge fan of salmon but I’ve never thought to cook it with brown sugar and garlic, and I’ve decided to try this. I made this a few days ago, served it with veggies and brown rice and it turned out absolutely delicious! Thank you, Alyssa, for posting this wonderful recipe!

  12. This has become a go to in our house. I (sometimes) use sesame oil, add 3 sliced scallions and a little of the ‘juice’ from the jar of minced garlic I keep as a staple in my frig. A little crushed red pepper can bring a little heat, if you like. So many options, ALWAYS DELICIOUS. Tonight I’m serving with a ‘California Summer Salad’ – veggies and cut up spaghetti. A lighter dinner for 105 degree Houston.

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  14. 5 stars
    I just made this for my family and my dad (a lifelong Alaskan fisherman) said it was the best salmon he’s ever had! Thank you for the delicious recipe.

  15. 3 stars
    There is WAY too much liquid for that amount of fish. It’s more of a hot marinade than a glaze. If we use this again we will halve the glaze amounts.

  16. 5 stars
    This is truly the best salmon recipe ever! My husband never cared or liked salmon but after he tried this one he asked me to make it again.

    1. Hi Maariya!
      There are a couple of good options out there. You can use teriyaki sauce or worcestershire sauce. Either one will work great! Please let me know how it turns out. Thanks for following along with me!

  17. 5 stars
    I love to cook. I’m always looking for new recipes for my menu, which makes me always interested in my work. Today’s my lucky day, Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon recipe is great, just follow the instructions and everything is easy, I like that. Thanks for your sharing

  18. We loved it! Added grated Ginger root and it was absolutely delicious as suggested by one other person. Cut the recipe in half as I made 1 pound. Before making Salmon I put it under the broiler in the middle of the oven. skin side up for a few minutes and then take a sharp knife and the skin comes right off.

  19. 3 stars
    Thank you for the recipe, I made it this evening and it was good but have had better with similar ingredients. Perhaps more brown sugar and gjnger wound step it up a bit. Over all good but don’t think I will make it again.

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